Managed to get up enough energy today to create this still-life photograph.
Shai’s Cockatiels keep laying infertile eggs.
She has three birds, two females and one male.
Jasper – the male is desperately in love with Freckles, who urges him to constantly groom her head but refuses to groom him back and will absolutely not let him go anywhere near her as far as ‘nookie” is concerned but seems to enjoy all of his frantic attempts to court her by singing many varied LOUD tunes and spreading his wings very wide as if to say “Look what a fine stud of a specimen I am and I can give you lots of equally fine offspring!”
It is all in vain though because she only wants her head scratched, on demand.
Then there is Piper who is also female and is the cheeky impish one who has her eye on Jasper but also seems quite fond of Freckles, so she may swing both ways…who knows.
Anyway, so both females combined laid about seventeen eggs, which is ridiculous. (should have seen them trying to sit on them all) and we had to leave them in there for a while for fear of them getting anxious if we took them, causing them to lay more….which is not good for their health.
Finally it was time to take them away, so instead of throwing them away….or making a small omelette…I decided to do something artsy fartsy with a few of them.
I made a nest out of nesty looking stuff and then photographed it on an old rusty tray and came up with this picture.
Mind you I had to stand on a chair, holding a torch to light the eggs, while holding the camera and also positioning a small desk lamp which at one point I held between my knees! Not quite as sharp as I’d have liked but it will do!
Oh the things you do to get a photo!
So…here it is.